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May 29, 2013

2 Weeks - 1st Post-Op Visit

Filed under: Uncategorized — apollo @ 4:48 pm

Today was my first post-op visit to my surgeon’s office, which is a 20-minute drive from home.  Had spent all of the past 15 days since surgery inside the house.  I don’t think I’ve ever been indoors for that long a stretch in my life.  So, naturally, I was expecting that it would feel good to leave the house (finally) and be outside.  And it did.  But it felt more than just good.  It felt surreal.  I’m not sure why.  I think when you’re inside all the time, you can sorta fool yourself into thinking that you’re not missing out on much — you can enter a black hole where the days blend into one another.  But going outside today instantly dispelled any illusions that the world was on pause.  The streets were bustling with activity — joggers, bikers, dog-walkers.  The surreal part came from seeing all this life and activity around me — continuing as it did before my ATR — but feeling like I was no longer a part of that world.

But today definitely felt like a solid step (or at least a PWB step!) back towards rejoining civilization.  Doctor said the wound appears to be healing well and that the tendon is intact.  He said that’s all he wanted to check today and to come back in 4 weeks.  Somewhat to my surprise, he said that I could begin PWB in a boot (50% strength).  And in 2 weeks, he said I could ditch the crutches and go FWB.  This all seems a bit aggressive, but I feel somewhat reassured by what I’ve read on this site about how early weight-bearing and rehab have been shown to get better overall results.

The challenge for me is to figure out now what it means to be 50% PWB.  I’ve been putting some cautious weight on the foot today, but I have no idea if I’m putting 10% weight on it or closer to 50% (in reality, it’s probably been more like 5%).  In my head, I’ve always regarded standing on a leg to be a strictly binary matter — either you’re standing on it or you’re not.  Anyone have any advice on how to gauge what 50% weight-bearing feels like?


  1. Hi Apollo,

    My ortho nurse told me to go home and try it out on the scale. No exactly a perfect solution but it does give you an idea. Pretty impressed with the speed with which you progressing through the stages. Will be interested to hear how it goes! Good luck.


    Comment by loumar747 — May 29, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

  2. Sounds awesome, as of today what kind of boot are you in? any heel lifts?

    Comment by sfce — May 29, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

  3. Can you guys point me in the right direction to start my own blog? I sent an email to achillesblog@gmail.com with no success.

    Comment by sfce — May 29, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

  4. @sfce - I’ve created your blog, and you should have received an email on how to login, etc. happy healing!

    Comment by dennis — May 29, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

  5. @loumar — thanks for the tip. I gave it a try. Turns out that 50% is way, way more than I was estimating. In fact, I didn’t have the guts to go full 50% using the scale because it felt like so much weight. I’ll try to be braver tomorrow.

    @sfce — I’m in what I think is a traditional boot with air pump. It’s made by Bledsoe and includes a “Bledsoe Achilles Boot Rise Kit.” I asked the doctor if he was familiar with Vacocast and he said no. I decided to just go with the boot he gave me. It’s bulky and heavy, but I’m assuming he’s been successful with it so far, and, at least at this point in time, I don’t want to rock the boat. Once I’m FWB and a little more comfortable, I might reevaluate the whole boot situation…

    Comment by apollo — May 29, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

  6. Oh, and in answer to your other question, there are 3 heel lift wedges. I’m supposed to take one out in 2 weeks when I transition to FWB.

    Comment by apollo — May 29, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

  7. Big step! That’s pretty exciting. Congratulations. I hope to join you in the Bledsoe boot tomorrow. Let us know how the PWB goes–I’m sure I’ll have all kinds of questions once I get in the boot.

    Comment by kellygirl — May 30, 2013 @ 2:29 am

  8. So this whole PWB, How exactl do you accomplish this? haha I mean when your standing up on crutches do you just put some weight on it?

    Comment by sfce — May 30, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  9. My first post op visit is today. This makes me feel quite encouraged!
    I hope you are progressing

    Comment by tornado4delta — June 20, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

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